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Re: scripts/build/scan-mf-deps: script to generate MF dependencies (issu

From: jonas . hahnfeld
Subject: Re: scripts/build/scan-mf-deps: script to generate MF dependencies (issue 553700043 by address@hidden)
Date: Sun, 15 Mar 2020 04:05:15 -0700

On 2020/03/14 23:57:48, hanwenn wrote:
> I have been experimenting with Ninja (, but
Ninja has a
> very restricted model. Make functions, wildcards, etc. are not
possible. In
> order to advance my experiments, I'm trying to clean up the build so I
can port
> more of the build over.

>From the website: "it [Ninja] is designed to have its input files
generated by a higher-level build system". And that's to be taken
literally, the syntax is so low-level that it's no fun to read it, let
alone write. So big NACK from me for switching to Ninja.

Both Meson and CMake are able to generate files for Ninja, but Meson is
pretty new and I'm not sure yet whether it will become one of those
projects that goes away after a few years (see Scons). CMake would
certainly work, but has its own problems and corner cases. In sum we
should definitely cleanup the current build system and see where it gets

What I'm not really happy with is replacing all of this with custom
Python scripts, however small they are. Skimming over,
that looks totally doable in around half the lines with a sh script.
What's the motivation to use Python for all of this?

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